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The Department of Political Science at the University of Calgary is a dynamic teaching and research-oriented department with great ideological and intellectual diversity. We are proud to be a department of scholars who have developed the national and international profile necessary to sustain a high quality teaching and research program.

Recent News

At an event marking Jay Makarenko's departure from the department to take up a new and exciting position with the Government of Alberta, department head Brenda O'Neill expresses our sincere gratitude for all of Jay's exceptional work as an instructor over the past three years.

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The 2013-2014 nominations for the Department of Political Science's first annual paper and thesis competition are now complete. We had 20 superb papers and theses nominated from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The winning papers and theses will be announced in September 2014 in an awards ceremony to be held in the Department of Political Science.

Congratulations to all the nominees!
Dr. Joshua D. Goldstein
Awards Committee Chair, 2013-2014



Brenda O'Neill, Katrine Beauregard, Susan Franceschet

Faculty Members of Political Science
Front Row (left-right): Maureen Hiebert, Brenda O'Neill (Department Head), Lisa Young (Dean, Gradaute Studies), Chris Carlile (GSA Representative)  Back Row (left-right): Richard Sigurdson (Dean, Faculty of Arts), Susan Franceschet, David Stewart, Pablo Policzer, Joshua Goldstein

Congratulations to Jessica Dawn Marie Weber who has been awarded the Faculty of Arts Silver Medallion in Political Science, June 2014. 

Congratulations to professor Melanee Thomas and PhD candidate Lisa Lambert for winning the Jill Vickers Prize for their paper "Private Mom vs Political Dad? Communications of Parental Status in the 41st Canadian Parliament" originally presented at the 2013 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Political Science Association. The Jill Vickers Prize is awarded each year at the CPSA conference for the best paper presented in English or French on the topic of gender and politics. This is a second win for Melanee Thomas.

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The International Relations Undergraduate Program has moved to Political Science?
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• International Relations (IR) as an interdisciplinary subject is taught only at the Undergraduate level but students who are interested in an MA or PhD in IR should follow the link here as IR is taught as part of POLI at the graduate level.


Brianna Heinrichs / July 8, 2014
MA Student, Political Science, University of Calgary

Paul Fairie / July 8, 2014

How a stint in an apartheid South African circus set Donald Ray on his academic path

Donald Ray / July 7, 2014

Melanee Thomas / June 29, 2014


Paul Fairie / June 28, 2014



Brianna Heinrichs, MA Student, Debating climate change is a great way to spend a Saturday night, blog post for Joseph Howe Institute, June 24, 2014.

Barry Cooper, "Geopolitics and the Ukrainian Crisis."  In Canadian Defence & Foreign Affairs Institute (CDFAI): The Dispatch, Summer 2014, Volume XII, Issue II, p. 6-7.

Melanee Thomas and Lisa Young, "Women (Not) in Politics: Women's Electoral Participation."  In Canadian Politics, 6th Edition, edited by James Bickerton and Alain-G Gagnon. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014.

Tim Anderson (PhD Candidate) gave a talk titled "Taking Stock of our Chief Founding Father, Sir John A. Macdonald" as the Guest Speaker at an event hosted by the Canadian Club of Calgary, on April 16th, 2014 at The Ranchmen's Club.